Saturday, May 29, 2010

The oil spill's impact on rural Louisiana

Amy Harmon reports in today's New York Times on the impact of the Gulf oil spill on Grand Isle, Louisiana, population 1,541. The headline is "Island's Trout Rodeo is Victim of Spill, and That's Not the Least of It." In the story, Harmon reports on the damper the spill has put on this annual festival, which locals explained is not about riding the trout, but about catching them. The event proceeded this week-end, even without the fish and--perhaps more importantly--without the crowds. It's a reminder of the spill's impact on rural communities and economies along the coast, many of the reliant on summer tourism.

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